On any given Sunday, I find myself in worship at church. I sing songs out loud (off key I might add), raise my arms in praise to my God, and rest in the thought that I’m in His Holy presence. I arrive in my Sunday best ready to offer all I have to Him, but what is it that I have? And, most importantly, does He hear me? ALL of me?
Do you have any “Picture Perfect” Christians in your church? They look the part. They speak the part. They may even sing the part. Do you know who I’m talking about? Well, today after the service ended, I found myself behind two women. These women sing awesome worship songs on stage and they are just breathtakingly beautiful. As I walked behind them, I couldn’t help, but hear their conversation about a “friend” of theirs.
Horrible words out of their mouths. Gossip.
It gave me a sour taste in my mouth as I remembered crying at the song they sang on stage just weeks before. How could such a beautiful worship song come out of their mouth one day and such hateful words come out of their mouth the next? It baffled me.
So, I kept thinking about how much deeper worship really is. To me, I see worship as songs of praise, arms raised high, shouts to the Lord, but when I hear Jason Ingram’s song Hear My Worship, it made me think that there is so much more inside of us, past the make-up, past the high heels, past the beautiful voice. It goes beyond our bended knees, the words we speak, and the songs we sing.
It’s an offering of our true intentions, our heartbreaks, our longing to be closer to God. It’s an appointment to fellowship with our Father, a conversation and dissection of one’s heart. That’s all we can offer, but just like a Dad enjoys time with his son, our Holy King loves when we spend time with Him. It’s a pleasure I seek every time I, purposely, praise and worship Him.
On this Music Monday, check out Jason Ingram’s song Hear My Worship. It might speak to you and how you worship.
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